>>Every jot and tittle. (jog=iota, the smallest Greek letter)
>>The fine print...
>Not to be pedantic, but ...
>Actually, jot = yod (the smallest letter in Hebrew/Aramaic). The Masoretic
>scribes used a very sophisticated system of counting letters, words, etc.
>to be sure that they had not introduced any errors into a copy of the Law
>produced by manual transcription.
>This quotation refers not to typesetting, but to hand-copying.
The term was borrowed into English from Latin 'iota' (Lat got it from
Greek, and Gr from Phoenician (or whatever)). The Masoretes almost
certainly have nothing to do with it (they are, as it were, cousins not
parents or even great grandparents).
There are two forms with long and short 'i', both forms have survived into
ModE ('jot' and 'iota').
The point was (I think) that in Gr it was always a final grapheme and had a
tendency to be omitted unless great attention was being paid.
Boy are we getting pedantic :-) !!!!